Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed said the elite stood to suffer more if Nigeria disintergrated.
Mohammed shared this view when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) flagship interview programme, NAN Forum to discuss the fallouts from the Town Hall Meeting on National Security organised by the Federal Government on April 8 in Kaduna.
“Our challenge is more with the elites, not with the common people.
“Go to the remotest part of Nigeria today, you will see Nigerians from different tribes, culture and religion living together peacefully.
“Elites ought to take the lead in cementing the unity of the country, but when the elites start preaching tribal hatred, people believe them because they think they know better,’’ he said.
According to Mohammed, it is in the interest of the elites to ensure that Nigeria remains as one country because they will suffer the consequences of disintegration more.
“Nigeria accounts for 70 per cent of West Africa’s population and if Nigeria should disintegrate today, we are going to overrun Benin Republic, Togo, Niger and other neighbouring countries.
“The elites will suffer more because some professors could be working in bakeries in Togo just to survive,” the minister said.